11/12/11: Never Satisfied? | Four of Cups

“Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.” Thomas Fuller

four-of0cupsToday’s Tarot is the Four of Cups associated with the Moon in Libra Cancer. [Ed. note: Ooops! Thanks for the correction, cj!] This card reminds me, emotional satisfaction (moon) is often a choice.

I mean, look at this stuffed rolly-polly from Tarot Nova! He’s thown back several cups of emotional juice already, and holding his belly, aching from all the (forbidden?) apples he’s gobbled , but is he content? It sure looks like he’s thinking hard on that last apple, even if it kills him!

Is this you—or worse, someone you’re trying to please? Because it sucks, not being capable of sustaining contentment. It’s a black hole of wanting that can never be fulfilled. That’s the rub—happy or not isn’t born from the claws of hunger or the caress of being satiated.

When you’re full of fear, not confident of your  ability to thrive, when you don’t feel in control or are unsure and uncertain of who YOU are, what you can do, a hole of needs constellates; it’s like it sucks out the energy. It can’t be filled, only quieted. The only time he doesn’t feel the hunger is in that instant he’s eating. It can become obsession, eating and eating and eating because it gives momentary relief, even at the expense of other things.

His emotional needs have to be fulfilled to answer the hunger. Then, enough becomes enough and the drive disappears. Nothing else can touch it, though. If he just keeps eating and doesn’t ask himself why he’s so hungry, he’ll eat away his life. Tarot fours are stable; he’ll remain in this state until he makes changes himself. Action is required to get up.

I’m not saying hard things never happen or outside circumstance cannot create sometimes formidable challenges to emotional satisfaction. But I’m saying whatever you find yourself craving insatiably, ask what emotional need at the other end. Because you follow that energy cord, you’ll find out how to provide that emotional need and bring your life into better balance. You won’t be cranky, either from hunger or a tummy ache.

Do you think emotional satisfaction is a choice? How much or not?


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Comments

  1. It isn’t always a choice, because I’ve tried, and yes, this does describe me, too at times (although I’ve noticed that I was feeling mostly okay the other day, until I was shocked and upset by something/someone and then I was a goner again). It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try, there’s another kick in the teeth around the corner.

    I did say to my mother the other day, that I think drawing and painting used to soak up the obsessive part of my brain – as in, I obsess at times, but that was a healthy obsession (there’s always something new to draw, or a new medium to try, a new style).

    • “I did say to my mother the other day, that I think drawing and painting used to soak up the obsessive part of my brain – as in, I obsess at times, but that was a healthy obsession (there’s always something new to draw, or a new medium to try, a new style).”

      That sounds like a potential starting point to me, Angela…

  2. “… happy or not isn’t born from the claws of hunger or the caress of being satiated.” Thank goodness! It is such a relief to realize one can actually be happy and content regardless of such things. Yes, it is a choice, if one is willing to make it one. I gotta stop and remember that, a lot more often, like whenever I get to the next thing on my “improvement wanted” list. The wanting part sucks! It totally sucks the energy out of the content right now place.

    I am so used to being driven by that force, on some level. Not quite sure what I am going to replace it with, to motivate me (anybody?), but I am feeling a shift happening (maybe it is just aging?!), and am glad that old force isn’t running the show so much anymore.

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